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Chef Matthew Accarrino


Aspen: Chefs Club


Chefs  Club  Aspen  Presents:  Matthew  Accarrino  began  on  June  15th,  and  will  run  through  September 6th.  Matthew  Accarrino  is  the  nationally  recognized  executive  chef  of  SPQR  in  San  Francisco.  Born  in  the  Midwest and raised on the East Coast, he moved west to California in 2007. He had originally hoped to become  a  professional  cyclist  until  a  leg  injury  turned  his  passion  for  cooking  into  a  career.  Now, 20  years later, he is doing both. 


Matthew’s  unique  culinary  style  draws  inspiration  from  his  Italian  heritage,  personal  experience,  and  classical  training with some of America’s best chefs. In the kitchen Matthew takes full advantage of the bounty  of  opportunities  California  ingredients  present.  This  includes a strong belief in direct sourcing,  producing, and playing a role in the creation of his ingredients. The result is an intensely personal cuisine that  is  both  technically  polished  and  soulful;  and  which  has garnered praise from publications such as  Food & Wine, ​Bon Appetit​, Saveur, ​The ​Wall Street Journal​, ​The ​New York Times​, and ​The ​San Francisco Chronicle​.  Under  his  direction, the restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2013.  Matthew  was  named  a  Star  Chefs  “2010  Rising  Star”  for  his  “innovative  vision,  finesse,  and  deeply satisfying cuisine,” and in 2011 he took top honors at San Francisco’s Cochon 555 competition. He has been  nominated  five  times  for  the  prestigious  James  Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: West.”  Food & Wine Magazine named him “People’s Best Chef California” in 2013, and editorially selected him for  the  prestigious  “Best  New  Chef”  award  in 2014. Matthew co-authored and released his first book,  published by Ten Speed Press – ​SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine​ – in October 2012.  In addition to successfully racing at the local and national level, Matthew is also the team chef for an elite cycling team in the Bay Area and a professional team based in Greenville, S.C. is thrilled about his partnership with Chefs Club.


 “In the past few years I have cooked several  times at the Chefs Club location in New York,” said Matthew. “I have also traveled throughout Colorado, for cooking and bike racing, my other great passion. The first time I traveled to Aspen in 2014, I arrived by bicycle from Leadville to collect my ​Food & Wine ‘Best New Chef’ award during the Classic. Coming full  circle,  I’m  enthusiastic  about  bringing  my  cooking  to  altitude  and  being  surrounded  by  the  mountainscape  of  Colorado.  I’m  looking  forward  to  engaging  with  the  local  community  as  well  as destination diners. 


I get to do something totally different, get outside my normal routine, and create a  menu experience that is generous, lively and well-rounded with a nod to my Italian heritage.” 


Curated by Matthew and  the Chefs Club Aspen team, the wine list ranges from classics like legendary  Bordeaux  first  growths,  to  up-and-coming  regions  like  Spain’s  Bierzo  and  Bullas  or Greece’s Santorini and Naoussa.  

The restaurant’s interior will transform with Matthew’s residency, with the addition of new dining chairs  as  well  as  artwork  from  a  local  Aspen  gallery.  Matthew  will  source  specialty  ingredients  from  partner producers like Sartori artisan cheese and La Quercia salami and hams. The front and back-of-house staff will be outfitted in custom designed aprons from Tilit and shirts from Patagonia. For the tabletop, Staub will supply much of the cookware including colorful coquettes and dishes. 


Since  opening  in  2014,  Chefs  Club,  founded by entrepreneur Stephane De Baets, has featured nearly  200  chefs  from  all  over  the  world  –  from  Tokyo’s  Zaiyu Hasegawa to Alain Ducasse, among others. In October 2017, Chefs Club NYC debuted a new Chef Residency format, where in lieu of hosting a guest chef for one to three nights, chefs spend three to six months at Chefs Club, completely taking over the space  and  menu.  Recent  NYC  residencies  include  Sota  Atsumi  (current),  JJ  Johnson  (Fall  2017),  and  Jeremiah Langhorne (Q1 2018).

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